Starring Mark Ravenhill
“I love your work, I love it. I’ve seen you do those turns on a sixpence… You’re fabulous. And this material is going to be fabulous once it’s punched up.”
Olivia, a hot, young starlet in the delirious world of Hollywood, is pining for a script that would save her from the hell of B-movies and catapult her career into ascent. A script which balances artistic integrity with blockbuster bucks. James thinks he’s got the perfect pitch – a script which combines a torrid love story with the dark spectre of terrorism and big, big explosions. If he can only persuade Olivia, he’s got the perfect ‘product’.
Mark Ravenhill is one of Britain’s best-known playwrights. He has been commissioned and produced by Out Of Joint, Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Paines Plough. His plays include the worldwide smash-hit Shopping and Fucking, Faust Is Dead, Handbag, Some Explicit Polaroids, Mother Claps Molly House and The Cut.
The play Shopping and Fucking elevated British Mark Ravenhill once and for all in the 1990s to the ranks of the best playwrights of his generation. In his new play, Product, he himself interprets his own text for the first time. The play deals with a challenging and achingly topical subject, global terrorism, but handles it through the means of the most cliché-ridden melodrama. Product celebrates the terrorist as Bogeyman, and the erotic thrill of being blown sky high.
Contains strong language.
"RAVENHILL'S BRILLIANTLY POISONOUS SATIRE IS UP-TO-DATE, DEMONSTRATING A MASTERY OF SLICK CULTURAL REFERENCES AND THE FLAKY-GLAMOROUS LANGUAGE OF PRODUCT PLACEMENT” - Sunday Times